Stephen Strasburg will start NLDS Game 4 for Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg will start NLDS Game 4 for Nationals

The Nationals have yet to announce who will start Game 5, but you can expect to see Max Scherzer at some point on Thursday.

Left-handed hitters Jon Jay and Jason Heyward, who didn't face Gonzalez in Game 2, will each start.

Gonzalez was the starter in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals, a game Washington led 6-0 before losing 9-7.

The victor of the Cubs-Nationals series will face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. "It will start with Kyle, and Q's ready to back up like Jonny did tonight".

Still, given the forecast, it does seem like at least a scheduling gaffe to let Strasburg throw his side session before the Nats knew if there'd even be a game on Tuesday - Baker even noted in his pre-game media session, before the game got canceled, that he passed Strasburg while leaving the clubhouse. There are differences: Game 4 was on the road; Taylor's home run didn't win the game though it provided welcomed breathing room; and this year, the Cy Young favorite is available out of the Nationals bullpen. During the regular season, he held Chicago to one run across six innings in a loss June 26. While Gonzalez hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since 2009, Roark has considerable experience in relief. In Saturday's outing, Gonzalez allowed three hits and had three errors in five innings before getting substituted. Roark's last outing was out of the bullpen in Washington's regular season finale October 1.

As history states, Gonzalez doesn't have much luck in the postseason. Does he wait until the later innings? Whether is matters, time will tell.

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